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Ok, I have a "spending problem," sign me up for the OT Johanna doesn't want.
(panting like a dog in a begging position)
Oh dear Heavenly Father, another Night vs. Day Shift Thread! Give us strength, wisdom, and understanding so that we may appreciate each others unique battles, cultural differences, and superiority complexes, for after all, although we are "Nurses," we suffer being "human!" (And all that comes with both)
I did it 9 years ago, from ADN, and MSN- and my best advice is coffee, 3 alarm clocks, and the rest I plead the 5th- but it can be done.
I would also have to give TONS of credit to my wife who also worked 40 hour weeks going to get her AS-MSW. I couldn't have done it without her, and she didn't even laugh at me when she caught me in the shower with my socks on before I realized it.
BOSTON's FAVORITE TIPs and USELESS KNOWLEDGE!!!!
I used to sit on bags for the transfers to a trauma center via ambulance, it warmed the fluids, and created pressure. You can also use a blood pressure cuff around the bag for pressure delivery also.
I use a red paper over my LED maglite to make veins stick out in bad sticks, it will fade arteries, and darken viens. (OH TURN THE FLOURESCENT LIGHT OFF!
Baby powder in your socks helps your feet not feel so claustrophobic over the 12 hour shift.
In patient's with uncontrolled vomiting, get them to yawn, I read this in a Neurology Book, it can reset the pathway in the brain that PAIN NAUSEA AND TEMPERATURE TRAVEL ON.
Run water if your patient has trouble urinating.
The Vagus Nerve Trigger can stop Hiccups.
In a picture, if only one eye is red, that could be a sign of a tumor.
Squeezing the skin between the THUMB and POINTER FINGER helps migraines tremendously. (PINCH, HOLD, AND MASSAGE)
Chewing gum will make you read and chart faster.
A 5 minute Rigourous Scalp Massage can release as many endorphins as MORPHINE 5mg!!!!!!!!!!!!
If assessing for a stroke, shine the light in one eye, USE A DIVIDER TO KEEP LIGHT OUT OF THE OTHER, it should STILL RESPOND.
Blowing up a baloon helps prevent ATELECTASIS, (BEWARE OF LATEX ALLERGY, and POLICY/PROCEDURE)
When you become aware of your breathing, and conscious takes over subconscious, YOUR spO2 generally falls by 2-5%
An aspirin 325mg crushed and put in a car batteries water supply will give you a charge to start.
(SAVED MY TAIL IN ALASKA)!!!!!!!!!
Where shoes that make a noise so if your Psych, or Psych Emergency Room Pts are doing something stupid, they will hear you coming and behave. I KNEW A NURSE THAT WORE HIGH HEELS FOR THIS PURPOSE!!!!!!!!
A condom and a 18 gauge IV catheter placed in the last intercostal space for a collapsed lung in the field.
Those prepackaged fingernail polish removers are great for permanent marks on skin, temp tattoos, and even blood stains on your scrubs.
When doing a accu-check, get the pt. to make 5 fists first, also helps decrease pain from stick.
DISCLAIMER: TRY THIS JUNK AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi, Good article. I am only still in the pre-req stage in my journey, but there is one thing about your article that REALLY, and I mean REALLY bothers me. It is about addiction being a disease... Now, even if the medical and nursing community can TECHNICALLY give a million reasons why a pt's addiction is similar to (or, as is claimed) an ACTUAL disease, I have to point out a certain piece of information that is akin to shouting " The Emperer has no clothes..." These addicts CHOSE to take whatever substance they are addicted to that first (or second, or third or 50th time...), knowing that the possibility of them becoming addicts existed. I know as an aspiring Nurse that I'm supposed to sympathize with these people-and make no mistake, once I am an RN I will do what is expected of me regardless of my personal feelings- but they made their bed, and now they expect the rest of us to lie in it with them... I'm sorry but I don't agree. Many of these addicts are going to the ER on the taxpayers dime, and I personally think that this needs to stop.
As an ER Coordinator, I have seen a few things off in interviews, but DEAR GOD, who hurt you so?
It almost sounds like a vent!
I always just feel sorry for the single mom in jeans who would be wearing dress pants if she could have afforded them, if I had put up a "red flag" I would have turned down one heck of a ER Tech, who is now a ER RN, One of "OUR," not "My" best on staff.
These judgemental posts about how I am sooooooo much better than you because I follow the book to a "T," and "conform to the upper-crust of this Profession" sound so shallow and "God-complex" like.
Some of the greatest minds out there have hair just like Einstien, or decided to get a tattoo, and I cannot begin to imagine how you differentiate on your patient care according to how they are dressed-or look.
I think you missed your calling for cosmotologist, or a prissy hair dresser!
Otherwise, I hope you work in a private, small, uptown hospital where you won't be ashamed by Wrangler wearing blue collar workers, but doubt that since you had to post a vent about hair washing, denim, and piercings!
Old School is Okay, but Compassion, Understanding, and Empathy are still character traits that I would rather see than starch constipated china doll nurses!
watch the movie
"the pursuit of happiness"
I hate how you loose stuff when you move, and it shows up 5 years later when your looking for something else. It's like the dryer eating your socks
I am really thankful Suboxone came out, I really hope it doesn't get the same rep as Methodone. This stuff is really changing people's lives in ways I haven't seen yet in the addictionology arena (if they can afford it), as a medication goes.
What makes me angry is how physicians are profiting off of it, I left a clinic (with my two weeks notice like a good boy) when a doctor started charging $250 for Suboxone visits, $400 for initial (self pay patients), then they go pay $7 per pill or foil. I am really a fan of this stuff, but it really breaks my heart you can go see the same doctor, feign back pain well enough, and walk out with a score of XXX drugs(for just $75 regular visit, but when you are there to (Admit you have a problem),begin the steps of recovery its 3-5 times the price. I see this becoming a regular practice in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennesse, N. Carolina and Texas (My stomping grounds), so I know it's probably nationwide!
I hope there is relief for Suboxone patients soon, I know there is a special program for patients (its an act of congress), but I understand only a very small percentage get help through Beckitt Reckinser. Also, since it's a specialty drug (doc's have to go to special training to prescribe it, heavily mandated, and minimum pts allowed on program) I dread that there may not be a generic for it (I have no idea how that works). I believe in this med. This med is saving lives.
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